Jewish news and culture website, Tablet, launches new bi-monthly print magazine
Former Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. CEO, Jack Kliger, will serve as publisher of Tablet Magazine, while Alana Newhouse will edit the new print magazine
Back in the summer of 2013, when I was working with TNM reader, and now friend, Konstantinos Antonopoulos on a single issue digital magazine that would contain our Guide to Digital Publishing Platforms, we searched for an appropriate name. I particularly liked the name Tablet Magazine – short, to the point, and appropriate. After all, the magazine would only be available on the iPad.
But rule #1 for any new magazine, or any new product at all, is to secure the right URL – and tabletmagazine.com as it was taken by the Jewish news, ideas and culture website Tablet, a project of the non-profit organization Nextbook Inc. (not to be confused with the digital publishing company Nxtbook Media).
What was a bit frustrating was that Tablet, or rather Tablet Magazine, didn’t have at the time an actual print or digital magazine. So, in the end, we called our digital magazine Tablet Publishing and bought a URL that worked for that name. (The app is still alive in the App Store if you’re interested.)
On Friday of last week, however, Tablet announced that it had launched its first print magazine, a bi-monthly to be called Tablet Magazine. I suppose this means I can’t hold it against them any longer that they own a URL that I covet. (Is it a sin to covet a website address?)
Coming on board as publisher is Jack Kliger, the former CEO and President of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (Hearst acquired Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.’s magazines along with most of their international titles in 2011.)
From 2005 to 2007, Kliger also served as chairman of the board of directors of what was then the Magazine Publishers of America.
Alana Newhouse, who has been editor at Nextbook, and founded Tablet in 2009, will be editor of the new print magazine (the remains editor of the website, as well).
Here is the announcement for the new print magazine – which by the way, was sent to me by Howard Polskin. Polskin was, for two years, publishing Thin Reads, an interesting website on eBook singles. Polskin also wrote an article on that subject for Tablet Publishing, not to be confused now with Tablet Magazine, of course.
New York, NY – November 13, 2015 — Cutting against conventional wisdom that says print is dead, the award-winning Jewish website Tablet will launch its first-ever print edition November 27, just in time for Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Tablet Magazine will offer a mix of reportage, feature stories, essays and fiction about topics and issues vital to the Jewish community.
“We’ve created a print magazine to provide a deep, thoughtful read on the modern Jewish experience,” said Alana Newhouse, the editor-in-chief of both the website and the magazine. “It will be a home for long-form reportage, inventive narrative, serious criticism and gorgeous visuals — the kind of classic magazine we’re all nostalgic for at this point.”
Newhouse also noted that the content will be entirely separate from Tablet’s website, and will not be available on any digital platforms.
Jack Kliger, former CEO and President, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. and former Chairman of MPA, the Association of Magazine Media, is the publisher of the print magazine. Kliger has also worked as the CEO of TV Guide Magazine and Executive Vice President of Condé Nast Publications. The magazine is published in a 10-inch x 13-inch coffee-table format designed by Luke Hayman and Shigeto Akiyama of Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy.
Among the articles in the first issue are “Play All Day: Miami Beach Jews and the Birth of Modern American Cool,” an 8,000-word memoir by film director and Miami native Brett Ratner describing the remarkable decades after World War II when the city was the top destination for Northeastern first-generation America Jews with money; “Tell Me a Story,” a memoir of Italian-Jewish historian Arnaldo Dante Momigliano by former student and revered writer and historian in his own right Anthony Grafton; and “The Diary of Anne: Japan’s Favorite Manga Girl,” which examines the astounding popularity of Anne Frank in Japanese manga comic books.
The editorial well will be bookended by regular sections unique to Tablet Magazine:
- “The Ten: Listening in as Jews Talk.” Ten people — ranging from the very well-known to the not-at-all known — discuss one specific topic in every issue. Death is the subject in the first issue, and the “talkers” include Harold Bloom, Jill Zarin, and Kinky Friedman, along with an Orthodox rabbi, someone’s Uncle Jerry and someone else’s Uncle Myron.
- Culture Pages: A spectacular old-school critics section, with contributions from J. Hoberman, Paul Berman, Dara Horn, and more.
- “Sunrise, Sunset” — a throwback to the synagogue newsletters of the editors’ youth, this spread features weddings, bar mitzvahs, anniversaries and other life milestones, contributed by readers.
- “Not Jewish.” Each issue closes with an essay about things that a given writer feels to be most definitely “not Jewish,” for better or worse. (First up: Saltines.)
The inaugural issue of Tablet will be available on select newsstands November 27 with a $9.99 cover price. Readers who subscribe to the magazine, which costs $39.99 a year, will begin receiving the magazine at the end of this week. Although the magazine accepts advertising, its business model relies more heavily on subscriptions.